Press Releases

Canada Prohibits the Captivity of Marine Mammals

Monday, June 24, 2019
Ottawa, Canada –S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, has received Royal Assent, making the historic legislation, which ends the public display of captive cetaceans, official Canadian law. After nearly four years...

AWI Supports Bill to Prohibit the Use of Performing Exotic Animals

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) supports the reintroduction of the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA). Sponsored by Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and David Schweikert (R-AZ), this bill would...

Government Erred in Deciding to Grant Waiver to Makah Tribe

Friday, April 05, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is alarmed that the federal government has proposed allowing the Makah tribe of Washington to kill gray whales again. Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that...

AWI Commends Bipartisan Effort to Stop Horse Slaughter

Thursday, April 04, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the 111 members of the US House of Representatives who recently signed a bipartisan letter in support of defunding federal inspections of horse slaughter facilities . Blocking...

Scientists Declare Red Wolf to be Valid Species

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Washington, DC –The Animal Welfare Institute commends today’s announcement by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics that the red wolf is a “distinct species.” As detailed in the National Academies’ report, “ Evaluating...

BLM Bucks Controversial Policy for Wild Horse Sale

Friday, March 15, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is gratified to learn that the Bureau of Land Management has rescinded a controversial sales policy for wild horses and burros in the United States that could have...